The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has petitioned the Anambra State Governor, Chukwuma Soludo, to pay its members N900.7m debt owed about 70 contractors for diesel supplied to the Anambra government for fuelling of streetlight generators across the state for one month.
IPMAN stated this in a letter to Soludo signed by Chairman and Secretary of IPMAN, Chinedu Anyaso and Emeka Iloafor on Wednesday.
The association said the decision to intervene in the transactions was reached at its annual general meeting in Enugu on August 24, noting that the debt was for March and April 2022, being the period, they were approved to supply after the exit of the previous administration before they were directed to stop by the current administration.
IPMAN appealed to Soludo to clear the outstanding debts, which had been verified to enable the affected members already going out of business to remain afloat.
It noted that the marketers had had their trading capitals trapped with the government and that those who obtained bank loans were in a liquidity crisis because of their inability to pay.
When contacted, Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Tony Collins Nwabunwanne, whose office oversaw the transaction, said he had yet to see the letter.